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Kane Williamson resigns as New Zealand captain after T20 World Cup defeat

Kane Williamson after the ICC Men's T20 Cricket World Cup match against Papua New Guinea at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Taruba, Trinidad and Tobago on June 17, 2024 Wave to the audience.

Kane Williamson after the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup match against Papua New Guinea at the Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Taruba, Trinidad and Tobago on June 17, 2024 Wave to the audience. | Image source: Getty Images

Kane Williamson has resigned as New Zealand white-ball captain and opted out of his international contract for the 2024/25 season after taking early retirement with the Black Caps. Withdraw from T20 World Cup.

Williamson’s decision marks the end of an era for New Zealand, who reached the semi-finals in each of the previous three T20 World Cups and reached the 2021 final before ultimately missing out on a first white-ball title.

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Fast bowler Rocky Ferguson has also said he will not sign a national contract after the team failed to reach the Super Eight stage, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said on Wednesday.

One of the world’s top batsmen, Williamson has provided for over 350 international players in Test, One-Day and T20 cricket and he will continue to represent New Zealand in all three formats of the game.

However, he chose to sign a contract outside New Zealand in January, meaning he will miss part of the summer back home.

“Pursuing overseas opportunities during the New Zealand summer means I am unable to accept a central contract offer,” the 33-year-old said in a statement.

“Playing for New Zealand is something I cherish and my desire to give back to the team remains undiminished.

“However, my life outside of cricket has changed – it is more important to me to spend more time with my family and enjoy experiences with them at home and abroad.”

Williamson’s January destination is likely to be T20 franchise leagues, with matches set to be played in various countries including Australia, South Africa and the United Arab Emirates.

He gave up the Test captaincy to Tim Southee in 2022 and there will be another captaincy change as New Zealand look to rejuvenate ahead of the next T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka and India in 2026.

Fast bowler Trent Boult, who opted out of his national contract in 2022, confirmed on Friday that he would play his final T20 World Cup after being dropped from the team.

NZC said Williamson will feature in the eight Tests before Christmas and the ICC Champions Trophy in Pakistan in February-March.

The board said Williamson’s decision to opt out of his contract would not affect his chances of being drafted, departing from its usual policy of favoring contracted players.

NZC chief executive Scott Weenink said: “We’re delighted to make an exception for our greatest ever batsman, especially as he remains so committed to the team.”

“This is a great way to help keep Kane on international duty so he can continue to play an important role for the Blackcaps – both now and for years to come.”

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